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Privacy Activity in the Federal Government Ramps Up Dramatically

Federal policymakers have been grappling with many aspects of privacy these days, and this week has already seen two major developments: today’s release of privacy principles by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and yesterday’s roll out of a Privacy Framework process by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

FAA Releases Second Edition of its UAS Integration Roadmap

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the second edition of its “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap.”  In addition to providing an update on the FAA’s progress to date, the partnerships and advisory committees it has forged, and identifying key challenges to UAS integration into the NAS, the roadmap details the FAA’s near-term rulemaking and research efforts.

Important Cyber Provisions Now Law Under the 2019 NDAA

The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA or the Act) (H.R. 5515) was signed into law on August 13, 2018. The appropriations law authorizes a $717 billion national defense budget and includes wide-ranging provisions on cybersecurity, touching everything from enhancing the military’s ability to respond to cyber attacks to protecting the IT supply chain and encouraging greater public-private collaboration. 

Location Services: OFF

In an August 3 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the Department of Defense (DoD) banned personnel from “using geolocation features and functionality on both non-government and government-issued devices, applications, and services while in locations designated as operational areas (OAs).”  Outside of OAs, DoD has ordered the heads of DoD Components to “consider the inherent risks associated with geolocation capabilities on devices, applications, and services, both non-government and government issued, by personnel both on and off duty.”